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Denard Span has MRI on back

The Nationals CF continues to have nagging back spasms, and he had an MRI this morning. Said Span: "A little anxiety waiting to see what's going to happen, but just gotta wait. I want to know what the root of the problem is so we can take the correct course of action."


Pujols will make his return to HR Derby

Albert Pujols, who leads the American League in homers, said he'll enter the contest for the first time since 2009. This will be his fourth time entering and he reached the semifinal in 2003, 2007 and 2009 (but hasn't won).

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Lineup analysis for tonight: Go A-Rod

“If there's a Yankee to consider rostering in this one against Sonny Gray, think Alex Rodriguez. He is one of the team's hottest hitters over the past week (5-for-19 with a home run and four walks), and has 13 homers and a .912 wOBA vs. righties this season.” More lineups

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KC's last 3 wins have been walk-offs

Paulo Orlando's grand slam gave the Royals their third straight win via a walk-off. They didn't have any walk-off wins in their first 44 wins this season.


Marlins deemed market efficient

According to a study by NerdWallet, Miami is "the most financially efficient baseball team in our study [using payroll data since 2000]." The Marlins are currently 35-48.

Royals walk-off in stlye

Paulo Orlando hit a walk-off HR in his first MLB game since May 29. He was called up from Triple-A on Monday. It was his first career walk-off hit of any kind -- in his first career plate appearance with the bases loaded. Box score


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Paulo Orlando with walk-off grand slam. Royals win 9-5. It was 3rd walk-off GS this season: Derek Norris on May 29 Todd Frazier on June 17

Royals sweating in the 9th

Greg Holland gave up a leadoff triple to Tampa Bay's Kevin Kiermaier in he 9th inning nursing a one-run lead but the play went under review. The stoppage took over four minutes but the call stood. Follow live

Final: Cubs 7, Cardinals 4

Chicago snapped St. Louis' 3-game win streak behind 12 hits and a big Anthony Rizzo HR. Its deficit behind the Cardinals in the NL Central is down to 8.5 games. Box score


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Kiermaier with a tremendous jump from first on a single to center; Rays have first and third, one out in the seventh. 4-4 with KC.

Wheels coming off for Cardinals

Six straight Cubs have reached base in the eighth, including a 2-run HR by Anthony Rizzo and an RBI single by Chris Denorfia. The Cubs lead 7-2, after scoring 5 totals runs in their last 5 games vs. Cards. Follow live


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Fourth-inning HR by Alex Gordon was 430 feet, his 3rd-longest of season. Most 430-foot HR this season: TOR 17 LAD 16 COL 14 KC 14

Cardinals score 2, chase Arrieta

After cruising through 6 innings, Jake Arrieta ran into trouble with 2 outs in the 7th. He gave up 3 straight hits that plated the Cards' first runs of the game and pushed Arrieta out of the game. The Cubs still lead 3-2. Follow live


Span, Escobar out for tonight's game

Nationals CF Denard Span (back) and 3B Yunel Escobar (hamstring) are both out of the lineup tonight vs. the Reds after leaving Monday night's game early.

So, Alex Gordon is A-OK?

In his 2nd-inning at-bat, Alex Gordon was plunked by Matt Moore. When he came up 2 innings later, Gordon homered to right to tie the game at 4. The Rays had just scored 3 runs in the top of the fourth to take a lead. Follow live